Friday 19 July 2013

On this day in 2009: Adebayor signs for City

Looking back at Premier League history, we recall the Togo forward leaving Arsenal for Man City

  • Adebayor was one of a number of big-name signings made by Hughes

  • He scored 14 League goals for City in his first season, including against Arsenal

Premierleague.com rifles through the annals of the Barclays Premier League to find significant events.

On this day 19 July 2009 – Emmanuel Adebayor signs for Manchester City

Emmanuel Adebayor left Arsenal to join Manchester City after being linked with moves to AC Milan, Barcelona and Chelsea.

"I'm happy being here," the Togo striker said. "I had a good discussion with the coach [Mark Hughes]. I had a good discussion with the chairman of Man City. What they have told me is about the future."

Adebayor joined a list of signings made that summer by Hughes, such as Gareth Barry, Carlos Tevez and Roque Santa Cruz.

"This is a team, maybe in one year or two years, that will be one of the best in the world," added Adebayor.

In his first season at City, Adebayor scored 14 times in 26 matches in the Barclays Premier League, including against his former team. He found playing time more difficult the next season and, after eight matches and one goal at City, spent the second half on loan at Real Madrid.

For the 2011/12 season he joined Tottenham Hotspur on loan for the campaign, a move he made permanent the next season.

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Key Points

  • Premierleague.com looks back through the annals of history of the competition
  • A memorable event or match from each day of the year will be selected
  • We remember when Man City signed Emmanuel Adebayor from Arsenal